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Mattis Says U.S., Turkey Find ‘Common Ground’ in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was optimistic on Thursday about finding “common ground” with Turkey in Syria, where Turkish troops and their local allies may be positioning for a strike against territory occupied by American troops.

A picture taken on February 10, 2018 show Israeli solders taking positions in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the border with Syria. Syrian air defences repelled an Israeli raid on a military base in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane, state media said. The report came …

Caroline Glick: Syria – The War Everyone Must Fight and No One Can Win

Saturday morning’s violent clashes along the Israeli-Syria border between Israel on the one hand and Iran and Syrian regime forces on the other occurred against the backdrop of multiplying acts of war and violence between a seemingly endless roster of combatants.

Turkish Parliamentary Speaker İsmail Kahraman: "We are in #Afrin now. We are a big country. One cannot progress without jihad, cannot stand tall. What business do the American cowboys have here?"

Speaker of Turkish National Assembly Declares ‘Jihad’ Against Kurds

Ismail Kahraman, Speaker for Turkey’s National Assembly, described his country’s military incursion against the Syrian Kurds as a “jihad” over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Turkish government’s crackdown on criticism of the operation continued with over 300 new arrests.

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Erdogan: Turkish Forces Could Sweep Across Syria to the Iraqi Border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his forces are prepared to push all the way across Syria to the Iraqi border in their campaign against Syrian Kurdish forces, fueling fears that Turkey’s incursion will trigger a new refugee wave, and could end in a confrontation with the U.S. military.

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Erdogan: Kurds Are ‘Collaborators in the Postmodern Crusades’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Sunday speech on the Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin, Syria has gotten plenty of international attention, but a curiously underreported passage found the Islamist president railing against the Kurds as “collaborators in a postmodern crusade that our region is exposed to.”

Turkey stifles anti-Syria operation protests after Erdogan warning

Trump Urges Turkish President Erdogan to ‘De-Escalate, Avoid Civilian Casualties’ in Syria

President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday afternoon in which he urged caution for Turkey’s military incursion into Syria and called for Turkey to “avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.” However, Trump appears to have stopped well short of demanding Erdogan halt the operation against Syrian Kurds.

** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2007 file picture, Kurdish demonstrators are silhouetted by a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag during a protest in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Kurdish rebels have kidnapped three German climbers on Mount Ararat, the governor of a province in eastern Turkey said Wednesday …

Iraq: Yazidis Recruited by Kurdish Terror Group PKK Defecting to Iran-Allied Troops

Many members of the Yazidi minority group in northern Iraq who had been recruited by the U..S.-designated terror group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to defend their territory against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are now joining an Iran-allied Shiite paramilitary group trying to capture more territory in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country.

Salih Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), speaks during an interview in Marseille, southern France, on December 1, 2013. PYD, the biggest Kurdish armed group, wants to establish an autonomous Kurdish state within a federal Syria and a commission is already writing the constitution of this …

U.S. Denies Syrian Kurdish Leader Visa Despite Arming Syrian Kurdish Militia

The head of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, says the United States has denied him a visa to enter the country for the first time during President Trump’s era, despite the Trump administration’s decision to provide the PYD’s armed forces with weapons to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).